May 10, 2017
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to hear public comment regarding a conditional use permit application submitted by Patricia Wilson – 1707 5th Avenue to allow Keeping of Bees – Section 7-1-21 City Code in a (I-1) Light Industrial zoning district. Mayor Steinmetz stated the Planning Commission had reviewed the application and was recommending approval of the application with no conditions. The public hearing was closed at 6:02 p.m.
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:03 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (April 26, 2017) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 78470 - 78606
General Fund: $ 108,130.78
Electric Fund: $ 15,752.73
Water Fund: $ 3,882.92
Sewer Fund: $ 11,296.35
Payroll: $ 71,391.05
TOTAL $ 210,453.83
There were no audience comments.
Motion by Alderperson Hofmann to approve the Conditional Use Permit for Patricia Wilson located in Section 5, T30N, R09W, City of Bloomer, Parcel #23009-0513-65820307B to allow for Keeping of Bees (Section 7-1-21) in an (I-1) Light Industrial zoning district with no conditions. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion was held regarding the procedure for contracting out services for mowing the lawns at the parks. Mayor Steinmetz commented that he would like to try it for a year and see what type of savings the Park Board has. Mayor Steinmetz thanked Alderperson Meinen for his efforts pertaining to the Park Board.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to hire Don Stoik to mow the park lawns for $25/hour for one year with providing proof of insurance. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Mayor Steinmetz recommended that the City only hire one seasonal position. Administrator Frion and Street Department Manager Tony Burgess will interview candidates and bring a recommendation forward to the next Common Council meeting.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve an extension to the licensed premise for Badger Hole, 1019 15th Avenue, Class “B” Beer & “Class B” Liquor license on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 4 p.m. to Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 2:30 a.m. and live music and dancing license on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., as amended. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Attorney Gustafson provided a status update on possibly repealing the ETZ. All 3 municipalities involved would need to have at least one voting member in agreement to repeal. Gustafson stated that an agreement could potentially be worked amongst the City of Bloomer, Town of Woodmohr and Town of Bloomer that would allow for abolishing the ETZ.
Gustafson stated there were a couple different ways to handle creating an ordinance that would allow chickens within city limits. Attorney Gustafson would recommend going with a license approach. Chief Zwiefelhofer will review examples of other municipalities and bring recommendations forward at a future meeting.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the purchase of TNT Rescue tool set for the Fire Department for $22,652. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the swimming beach proposal for 2017. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Mayor Steinmetz tabled the appointment of Julie Anderson to the Library Board until he had an opportunity to speak with the current school district representative on the Board.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Erica Hobeck. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated the pedestrian crossing sign is in place on 17th avenue. He thanked both the Street and Electric Department for their assistance.
Library Director, Kathy Larson, thanked Dr. Mary Randall for her service on the Library Board and wished her well during her retirement.
Alderperson Jones inquired if anything is being done in regards to resident’s yards that are almost becoming a nuisance. Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that if there is a concern, people should let the Police Department know and they will follow up.
Alderperson Hofmann voiced concerns with storm run-off and some City sidewalk maintenance issues. If heaving of a sidewalk is from the roots of the tree on the boulevard, the City will take care of repairs, everything except the actual cement that is used to replace the sidewalk.
Alderperson Meinen encouraged everyone to drive through North Park. If anyone has any suggestions directed to the park, please let him know.
Mayor Steinmetz stated that there will be a cement pad put out at the Veterans Park in which an armor tank will be placed in the near future.
Mayor Steinmetz was approached with having library boxes set out at the City Parks. He stated that this had already been approved by the Council in the past and confirmed that all members were still ok with it.
Mayor Steinmetz stated he had a conversation with Francis Yohnk with the American Legion. The American Legion has put roughly $25,000 into improvements of the old clubhouse.
Mayor Steinmetz spoke with Steve Naas in regards to the sidewalk that needs to be put in on 17th Avenue. Naas stated that he left a message with the contractor.
Motion by Alderperson Meinen to adjourn. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Sandra L. Frion